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Eye on Kerala Christians, NDA elevates P C Thomas

Rajasekharan, state BJP chief, is chairman of the reconstituted NDA state committee.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
September 27, 2016 1:33:53 am

THE NDA reconstituted its Kerala unit Monday and nominated P C Thomas, leader of the Christian party Kerala Congress, to the NDA central committee. Aimed at wooing the minority community in central Kerala, the move comes a day after the conclusion of BJP’s national conclave in Kerala.

The reconstituted NDA state committee has BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan as chairman, Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar as vice-chairman and Ezhava-dominated party Bharat Dharma Jana Sena president Thushar Vellappally as convener.

Representatives of BJP allies Kerala Congress, JSS, tribal outfit Janathipathya Rashtriya Sabha were made co-conveners.

The meeting, chaired by party president Amit Shah, decided to form NDA committees from the district to grassroots levels. The district-level committees will be formed in the first week of October, followed by units in constituencies and booths. In December, the NDA will organise three regional rallies to strengthen the alliance in Kerala.

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On the entry of Kerala Congress (M), another Christian party, that recently walked out of UDF, Amit Shah said, “It was up to that party to decide. Any party that is opposed to the UDF and the LDF is welcome in the NDA.”

Thomas had been a minister of state in the previous NDA government. While announcing his elevation as a member of the NDA central committee, Shah described him as a “minority community leader”.

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